San Diego

Gas Leak Forces Evacuations for Otay Mesa Neighborhood

Evacuations orders have been lifted for homes in a neighborhood in Otay Mesa after a gas line broke Thursday night, officials confirmed.

Officials responded to a report of a gas line break at 1232 Riviera Pointe Street in Otay Mesa around 8:20 p.m.

Crews from the San Diego Water Department were working on a water line in the area when they struck a two-inch gas line, San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims said.

Officials said the gas was settling due to a lack of wind and ordered evacuations of nearby homes.

The San Diego Fire Department said six homes were evacuated and 11 homes were ordered to shelter in place. 

SDPD had closed access to Riviera Pointe St. until further notice.

SDFD told NBC 7 they had to go into every home in the neighborhood that was evacuated to get a reading and reignite their water heaters before they could get back to their homes.

San Diego Gas and Electric will remain on the scene to ensure gas is restored to customers.

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